Robert Quine, 1942-2004
Robert Quine, a true punk guitar virtuoso if there ever was one, and one of the most original guitar players emerging from the CBGB scene. He was the founding member of Richard Hell's Voidoids, responsible for the biting, edgy sound of the band.
Quine's playing was informed by Coltrane and Albert Ayler as much as by the Rolling Stones and the Velvet Underground, who inspired other CBGB musicians. His bearded, balding, bespectacled image was also at odds with the punk fashions of the time. He was the calm eye of the storm that was the Voidoids.
After the Voidoids fell apart, Robert Quine continued to play and record, collaborating with many notable musicians. I will try to cover some of these recordings in the retrospective. Robert descended into depression after the death of his wife Alice in 2003. He was found dead in his apartment early in June 2004, having died of heroin overdose on May 31st.